Aleksandra Jolkina is a journalist and scholar focused on crime and justice, migration and issues of international significance. Her largest project to date involves an 18-month investigation into “sham” marriages in Ireland between Latvian women and non-EU citizens. The research was supported by the European Fund of Investigative Journalism and carried out in collaboration with The Irish Times. In early 2011, she published a book on the issue for a Latvian target group, for which she was nominated as Latvia’s 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report hero by the United States Embassy to Latvia. She is currently a PhD student in law at Queen Mary, University of London.